I sat down with Director and VHS Drama Teacher, Cassandra Trascik, to learn more about her and what led her to teaching.
What made you want to be a teacher?
Theatre students can be some of the most creative, thoughtful, and bold young people to work with. Giving them the tools they need to succeed in theatre and to understand and value themselves and the world around them.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Watching the students make discoveries about their character and themselves. Those breakthroughs are always exciting.
What would you tell a student who is considering joining your program?
Theatre is a place where anyone can belong. It is an open and welcoming program that can help you develop your skills in theatre but also to build confidence, self awareness, compassion for others, and challenge you to become the best version of yourself. It is a great place to express yourself and the things going on in your life that may be hard to understand.
What do you want your students to know by the time they leave high school?
That they are valuable and enough just as they are. That there is no one else like them and that is such a gift. I also want them to be able to look at life through the eyes of someone different from themselves.
What advice would you give students who want to continue to study the performing arts?
Always keep learning. You are always changing and growing and in that way who you are as an actor and performing artist is always changing too.
How do you think taking your class helps students who don’t want to study the performing arts after high school?
It is a great place to explore or build your creativity. Many businesses today are looking for employees who can “think outside the box” and come to creative solutions to problems. It is also a great place to learn how to work as a team, to be accountable, and to take risks.